Fraunhofer ICT's test center offers manufacturers the chance to assess the detection performance of their system on site, in preparation for an official certification test or as guidance for further enhancements. The assessment can be carried out according to a standardized protocol (ICT-TEST), or a tailored testing protocol. As an alternative, the system can be tested in an early development phase (e.g. establishment of a database).
Depending on the type of system, the manufacturer can choose between a multitude of solid, liquid or traces of explosives from the commercial or military sectors, as well as so-called "home made" explosives. Unconventional requirements can also be considered, such as the provision of unmarked explosives for training sniffer dogs. Real test scenarios such as the detection of explosives in hand luggage can be carried out using a representative set of suitcases. In addition, a representative selection of different surface materials is available, which enable particulate surface samples to be simulated for detection using explosives detectors. Besides conventional explosives, so-called false alarm or extraneous materials are available, for example a set of substances leading to false alarms in liquid explosives testing, which consists of 500 samples like tin cans, care products, spirits etc. The resulting laboratory false alarm rate provides an impression of later application. The customer receives a detailed test report as well as the complete raw data set.
Besides direct services offered by the test center, we also offer training to security personnel (bomb disposal units) in the field of home-made explosives.